Predoctoral/Graduate Education Programs

T35 Training Grants

NIH-T35 institutional training grants at Columbia University Irving Medical Center from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), and National Institute on Aging (NIA) provide funds to support up to 61 students in the summer between their 1st and 2nd years of medical school as they perform research projects guided by a Columbia faculty member. The three T35 Programs collectively comprise the NIH Summer Research Program at CUIMC, to which student apply through a common interface (see below). VP&S students have priority for traineeships, with additional traineeships annually awarded to selected students at other medical schools.

Each Institute prioritizes projects within their research mission, and many cancer-related projects qualify on this basis. A few traineeships are also available to students who apply with experienced investigators in other fields and whose projects are well-reviewed.

Resources for applicants and trainees are available on the NIH Summer Research Program Canvas site.


Graduate Training Program in Microbiology and Immunology

This NAID-funded training program provides funds for two years for selected predoctoral students who have attained dissertator status within the PhD program in Microbiology, Immunology, and Infection, which is based in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology.

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Human Nutrition Research Project

The PhD Program in Nutritional and Metabolic Biology is an inter-disciplinary and multi-departmental training program that is housed within the Institute of Human Nutrition of Columbia University. Research focuses on applying knowledge of the molecular and cellular events that lead to and promote cancer development to the design of cancer therapies and prevention strategies. Past projects of interest involve carcinogenesis of digestive organs.


Cellular, Molecular & Biomedical Studies

This Training grant supports pre-doctoral students in the Integrated Program in Cellular, Molecular and Biomedical Studies (CMBS). The CMBS is a PhD granting interdisciplinary program that combines faculty from all the basic science departments. The CMBS Program is an umbrella program that presents students with a unique opportunity to obtain individualized training in basic cell and molecular biology, microbiology, structural biology, biophysics, genetics, immunology, neurobiology, structural biology, systems biology and computational biology, as well as translational biomedical disease-related research, such as cancer biology and neurodegenerative disease research.

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Reducing Health Disparities Through Informatics

The NINR funded Reducing Health Disparities Thorough Informatics (RHeaDI) program provides training in informatics for pre- and post-doctoral students in the Columbia School of Nursing. The program provides trainees with research support, didactic courses, networking opportunities, and financial assistance to conduct interdisciplinary research using informatics and precision medicine approaches to advance health equity and facilitate evidence-based practice in underserved populations. Predoctoral trainees must be PhD students in nursing or biomedical informatics.


Predoctoral Training in Genetics & Development

The objectives of the Predoctoral Training Program in Genetics and Development are to provide a solid and broad education in genetics, including molecular genetics, developmental genetics, and human genetics, to provide rigorous training in scientific research, and to develop a scholarly, ethical and professional attitude in the trainees. The program emphasizes experimental skills and critical thinking, as well as written and oral presentation of ideas and research findings. We teach our students a rigorous scientific approach in the design of experiments and evaluation of data, and provide them with the tools to maintain the highest ethical standards in their work. We encourage students to give and receive constructive criticism and challenge them to be self-critical in order to become capable, independent scholars.


Environmental Life Course Epidemiology

In collaboration with the Mailman School of Public Health, this training program will equip researchers in the emerging field of life course epidemiology, a relatively new area of inquiry which involves the study of early life circumstances and health outcomes later in life.


Medical Scientist Training Program

The goal of Columbia's Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) is to train the next generation of biomedical leaders. Our program emphasizes both clinical and scientific education. The academic environment at Columbia fosters innovative scholarship and nurtures the vision to translate scientific findings to clinical practice.

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Hormones: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

The Hormones: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology program provides support and training to highly motivated predoctoral and postdoctoral researchers in the field of endocrinology and related subjects dealing with all aspects of hormone biology at the physiological, cellular and molecular levels.


Training in Biomedical Informatics at Columbia University (DBMI)

The NLM-funded Biomedical informatics Training Program at Columbia University is run by the Department of Biomedical Informatics (DBMI), but is closely tied to New York-Presbyterian Hospital, the Columbia Data Science Institute, the Department of Systems Biology, and departments and schools throughout the university. The Program offers courses and research training for 1) pre-doctoral PhD trainees and 2) post-doctoral MA and PhD trainees, as well as for 3) post-doctoral non-degree trainees with previous informatics doctoral training.


F30/F31 Predoctoral Fellowships

F30 and F31 Awards are NIH-funded, individual, pre-doctoral training fellowships. These awards are part of the NIH Ruth L. Kirstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Program. Eligibility for F30 awards require that the applicant be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, enrolled in a dual degree program, such as a combined MD/PhD program.

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F31 awards are open to U.S. citizens or permanent residents enrolled in a research doctoral program, who are from population groups that have been shown to be underrepresented in the biomedical, behavioral, or clinical research workforce.

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TL1 Doctoral Student Program

The TL1 Training Programs are intended to provide trainees with additional research training to prepare for a research career that can contribute in some meaningful way to understanding risk of disease, improving diagnosis and prevention, and tailoring treatment based on an individual’s variation in genes, environment, and/or lifestyle.

The TL1 Doctoral Program provides doctoral students with one to two years of research training, which run simultaneously with students’ ongoing doctoral training. The program allows doctoral students to gain knowledge and skill-sets that may be outside of their primary academic or clinical discipline. The interdisciplinary education gained as a TL1 trainee will serve as an invaluable asset in conducting future research and collaborating with scientists and investigators from other clinical and academic fields of knowledge. Participation in this program will not necessitate extending an individual’s doctoral training program. Initially awarded for one year and renewed for a second year with satisfactory progress.

 


TL1 Summer Training Program

The TL1 Training Programs are intended to provide trainees with additional research training to prepare for a research career that can contribute in some meaningful way to understanding risk of disease, improving diagnosis and prevention, and tailoring treatment based on an individual’s variation in genes, environment, and/or lifestyle.

The TL1 Summer Training Program provides doctoral students who have completed their first (or in some cases, second) year of training with a summer stipend over the 12-week program. Students are expected to attend didactic training as well as participate in experiential learning. The program allows doctoral students to gain knowledge and skill-sets that may be outside of their primary academic or clinical discipline. The interdisciplinary education gained as a TL1 trainee will serve as an invaluable asset in conducting future research and collaborating with scientists and investigators from other clinical and academic fields of knowledge.